Research finds broccoli has a directly positive effect on the microbiome: “This research has considerable importance for public healthcare and individual health.”


Researchers at Hebrew University have discovered new-found dietary benefits to broccoli connected to the exchange of glucose and lipids and bacteria located in the intestines.  Prof. Madar, “This is one of the only studies anywhere in the world that has investigated this aspect of broccoli.”


For many years, broccoli has been known as one of the more nutritious vegetables available for consumption and has been described as afunctional food”, containing vitamins, minerals, bioactive ingredients and other chemicals that are known to be super healthy and useful in fighting infections.  Based on those findings and its unique properties, it has been strongly recommended to include the food in ones daily consumption


Now, new research publishedin the journalNutritionby Prof. Zecharia Madar and Gil Zandani from the Faculty of Agriculture at Hebrew University and supported by the Growers Council has discovered new and previously unknown attributes of the vegetable.  The researchers specifically studied the impact of broccoli consumption on the exchange of lipids and glucose and the connection with the microbiota, thepopulationof bacteria housed in our gut.  The study found that the consumption had a directly positive impact

Prof. Madar said, “This research has significant importance both in terms of overall healthcare and for individual nutrition.  This is one of the first studies anywhere in the world that has analyzed the preventative effects of broccoli inflorescence and its stalks on the microbiome.  To date, broccoli harvest and marketing generally disregards the stalks despite their importance, so the conclusions of this study would allow for increased profits by farmers by encouraging greater usage of all the vegetable and reduce food waste.”